Curriculum vitae
Anna Louise Youngs

A kind, curious, and ambitious design manager.

Currently @ Novoda   2018 - 2021
Product Design Manager & Design Lead

I manage a team of product designers and lead design on client projects. My design strategy is user centric and research focused.

I designed and implemented an adaptive career progression framework to allow the team to self-assess and to allow for productive reviews and 121's. This enabled more awareness of skills amongst the team, and for us to identify opportunities for learning and growth.

I am part of driving internal initiatives to mature the organisation’s value proposition. I took part in redefining Novoda's approach to projects by proposing we take a strategical stance in the projects we pitch by increasing R&D time and collaborating with the client on how we can ensure success with the structure of the product team and how we define the product. I am an advocate for cross-discipline collaboration and inclusion.

Previously @ Coople  2016 - 2018
Senior Product Designer

Leading design in Coople's Innovation team and the founding designer of the product team. I worked between London, Zurich and Minsk to collaborate with designers, engineers and product managers. I created, maintained and advocated a holistic design across all platforms (Web, iOS, Android). I evolved a transparent design processes for consistency throughout the brand. 

I participated in roadmap scope, research, user testing, and prototyping.

I defined and improved the user experience for customers, based on direct feedback and test sessions.

 Supporting product launch in the UK, and product relaunch, rebranding and migration in Switzerland.

Previously @ Bundle  2014 - 2016
Product Design Lead

A side project which led to a role as design lead for product team building a iOS hyperlocal news application. Responsible for the design lifecycle, from concept to execution. Managed the development team to support transparency and communication to ensure business and development targets were met.

 Worked on a business plan and pitch deck that led to a successful crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, raising 160% of our target. Led the team to secure a place at Capital Factory, working alongside industry leaders in Austin, Texas.

Previously @ Erudite  2015
Digital Designer

Providing Creative Direction for multiple brands such as Twinings, Poker Stars and HippoBag. Supporting the Managing Director in client meetings and pitches by presenting creative concepts and inventive design solutions. Reworked and shaped the creative briefing process to support Client to Agency communication.

Core Skills

— Product Strategy
— Design Thinking
— Design Operations
— Workshop Facilitation
— Career Mentorship


Founder of Triangirls
"F*ck ups, masturbation and pay negotiation - Not your average women in tech event."
A femme-friendly community for women and non-binary folks working in tech. Created to encourage the sharing of experiences and facilitate collaboration in each others growth.

Host of Designlab
One of Berlin and London's largest design event and community.

Mentor at Hexagon UX
Hexagon is a global UX non-profit focusing on community events and mentorship aimed to empower womxn & non-binary folx.


The University of Winchester (2011 - 2014)
Digital Media Design (BA) Hons First Class.

Alton College (2008 - 2010)
Media, English Language & Literature, ICT, Art.


"I’ve had the privilege of working with Anna on multiple projects and she is, without a doubt, one of the best designers I’ve worked with so far. What makes her stand out from the rest is her leadership skills. She approaches every task and every goal with pragmatism, keeping in mind both user and business needs. During our time working together, she crafted efficient design processes and enabled designers to do their best work.
Personally, I’ve always praised her ability to have a solution for everything and provide guidance. Furthermore, she is exceptional at stakeholder management, be it through her sincere ways of communication or inclusive collaborative environments she creates that make everyone feel invited and open to sharing ideas. To complement all that, Anna is such a lovely person to be around and such a delight to work with."
— Chris Basha, Monzo.
"Anna is a talented designer and great to work with. Not only is she an amazing designer, but she has passion for new technology. Anna is very innovative and always looking for new solutions and fresh ideas. Anna is instrumental in enhancing the visual appeal and usability of our product on all platforms to make our customers happy."
— Andrey Moiseenko, SIX.